HATTIESBURG, MS – Hattiesburg attorney Cory Ferraez has agreed to settle a dispute with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office over voting outside his residence in 2015.
In October 2015, Ferraez voted in his hometown of Lowndes County where he was a registered voter since the age of 18. In 2016, after living in Hattiesburg for more than one year, Ferraez changed his voter registration to Forrest County. Later in 2017, and in order to qualify to run for state representative, Ferraez correctly declared he was a Hattiesburg resident to meet to the 2-year residency requirement.
Before the special election in 2017, the AG’s Office, under the direction of the only democrat-elected state official, attempted to keep Ferraez off of the ballot based on his Lowndes county vote in 2015. After that attempt failed, the State Board of Elections approved Ferraez’s candidacy and Forrest County residency, the AG’s Office pushed to convene a special grand jury so they could aggressively prosecute the case before the election took place.
Although no candidates for the special election declared party affiliation, and with the Republican super majority likely at stake, Ferraez indicated that he would caucus with the Republican party if elected.
“This is the first case of its kind to be indicted by any Attorney General ever in Mississippi. The entire indictment was politically motivated and an abuse of process, which has no place in our judicial system,” said one of Ferraez’s attorneys, Jace Ferraez. “Further, Cory did not plead guilty to voter fraud. Cory only plead to voting outside his legal domicile or residence because he was legally registered to vote in Lowndes County. Cory wants this political witch hunt behind him, so he can focus on helping his clients all across the state. Cory has a long and established record of service in any community in which he has been involved. The politics of personal destruction will not win, and although we would have preferred a complete dismissal, this resolution allows us time to focus on what matters in our great state—representing the people.”
For more information, contact Jace Ferraez at (662) 574-0157
SOURCE: news provided Jace Ferraez, Attorney for Cory Ferraez
ADDITIONAL NOTE: CLICK to read the original press release published on AGO.STATE.MS.US dated May 14, 2018.